Glenmorangie x Koi pop-up ‘pops up’ at Barangaroo

Glenmorangie, renowned single malt whisky distillery, announces its collaboration with experimental pastry chef, Reynold Poernomo of KOI Dessert Bar. The two master creators are bringing to life their first-ever Whisky & Dessert pop-up bar in Sydney’s Barangaroo in celebration of Glenmorangie’s mostexclusive innovation, Signet.

LOCATION: Exchange Square, Barangaroo, Sydney (next to David Jones)DATE: Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th September
TIME: 12:00pm – 10:00pm daily
PRICE: Drinks and dessert pairings range from $20 – $36

The pop-up bar will explore the explosion of flavours in Signet – the world’s first whisky to be produced with high roast ‘chocolate’ malt barley. Poernomo, Masterchef legend, has created a trio of desserts exclusively created for the pop-up that pair perfectly with the whisky’s three distinct flavours of DarkChocolate, Espresso and Mandarin.

The trio of desserts includes – The Chocolate Delight, Fire and Ice, and KOI’s renowned ‘Nomtella’,which are all paired with one of three specialty Signet Cocktails, crafted by a selection of Sydney’s bestbars; Kittyhawk, Button Bar and Barangaroo House. Poernomo says, ‘I was most excited by this partnership after my first taste of Signet. It’s three flavourswere so distinct – it inspired me to create three perfectly paired desserts that people will have the chance to experience at the pop-up’

Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie remarks, ‘It’s been apleasure working with Chef Reynold, who has curated an assortment of intriguing dishes to match oneof our most innovative whiskies’.



THE SIGNATURE SERVE ($36) – a trio of mini desserts paired with Signet neat/on ice or a cocktail (+$3)

The Chocolate Delight: Dark chocolate, hazelnut and almond crunch, citrus and vanilla mousse

The Nomtella: Espresso mousse, salted caramel, dark cocoa glaze on a brownie with dried

The Fire and Ice: Mandarin mousse, roast milk chocolate ganache, espresso and white

THE NOMTELLA AND GLENMORANGIE SIGNET (full size dessert) ($30 for the pairing and +$3 with a cocktail)

Espresso mousse with salted caramel, dark cocoa glaze on a brownie with dried citrus as a garnish, that marries perfectly with Signet


Glenmorangie Signet, homemade mandarin curd, lemon juice, egg whites and bitters

Glenmorangie Signet, espresso shot, simple syrup, coffee beans

Glenmorangie Signet, dark crème de cacao, blood orange juice, lemon juice, egg whites

GLENMORANGIE SIGNET ($20)Neat or on ice

Source: Glenmorangie

Garden Life Bespoke Tour to Sri Lanka

Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka.  This unique tour itinerary has been put together by Sydney garden designer, Richard Unsworth of Garden Life and renowned architectural and landscape photographer Nicholas Watt.  Explore its highlights and delve deep into the world of Sri Lanka’s deeply revered and celebrated architect Geoffrey Bawa.

For 8 days and 9 nights, we will be driven (and flown) in comfort, staying at the best hotels, exploring the amazing food and cultural highlights.  We explore Bawa’s projects; his homes and gardens, as well as unique properties of his friends, family and clients.  Every last detail is organised for you and included in this very special trip.

Highlights include:

  • Exploring eleven Bawa designed properties
  • Private lunch at Lunuganga, his country retreat, hosted by a former apprentice of Bawa
  • Personal tour of the enchanting “Brief Garden”, created by Geoffrey’s brother Bevis ‘Brief’ Bawa
  • Explore Bawa designed house of renowned textile designer Ena da Silva, recently relocated to the Lunuganga estate.
  • Visit enchanting and eccentric Bawa property Number 87 in Bentota for high tea and have lunch in his old offices in Colombo.
  • Visit to Sigiriya, the ancient rock fortress and UNESCO world heritage site

All-inclusive bespoke tour

  • All internal transit in AC comfort private bus (also private domestic charter flight)
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels (with option for 9th night in Colombo)
  • Our personal guide for the entire duration
  • All meals included
  • Talks with experts, all admission fees, all tipping included
  • Limited edition ibook documenting the trip – produced by Nicholas Watt (dependent on numbers)

Cost: $9,500 per person based on twin share (single room supplement $1,200)

Numbers are strictly limited to 12 people

Tour excludes:   Flights to and from Sri Lanka

Source: Garden Life

Boohoo Bubbles & Breakfast

Global fashion brand have launched their exclusive Australian capsule to the likes of Australia’s top-tier fashion influencers at the picturesque venue of Hacienda.


With panoramic views of the iconic Sydney Harbour, guests stepped into the vista bar where they marvelled in the newest styles that were exclusively designed with the quintessential Aussie girl in mind, and many instagrammable moments were captured – from the oversized boohoo bunch of balloons, the pick & mix gifting station to the flawless interior styling and panoramic views from the bar.

The event guest list included influencers and trend-setters, Laura Jade Stone,Indy Clinton, as well as Nicole & Danielle of When Words Fail and Caroline Groth.

Up and coming DJ, Sally Judson was behind the decks playing old school tunes, whilst guests mingled and enjoyed the delectable gold dusted mini pancakes, granola pots and mini French toast topped with cream cheese and caviar, complimented by refreshing bespoke boohoo cocktails, sparkling prosecco and fresh fruit juices.

#boohoo #doyourthing

Source: Boohoo

Avant Garde extravaganza for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

More than 700 Sydneysiders gathered in support of the brain cancer cause at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s 2018 Avant Garde Ball.

This spectacular event, headlined by the remarkable Bowie Wong who designed 21 gowns inspired by Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s origami crane logo, together with Megan Washington and brain cancer warrior Johnny Ruffo, was a massive success, raising significant funds and vital awareness to help find a cure for brain cancer.

Fundraising was unusually a highlight of the event, with the feature prize of business class flights with British Airways, a stopover at the newest digs of Soho House Group, Kettner’s Townhouse, before continuing on to Paris Fashion Week for exclusive access to Bowie Wong’s show in July 2019.

Funds raised at this event will enable Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to continue to drive its mission to improve survival to 50% by 2023, a dramatic increase on the current figure of 22%. Brain cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease and more under 40s in this country than any other cancer.

The Foundation is committed to finding a cure for brain cancer by funding innovative research, impactful advocacy and wide-reaching awareness, which is only possible thanks to the support of the brain cancer community, sponsors and volunteers at events like the Avant Garde Ball.

In the past five years, the Foundation has committed more than $18 million to world-class brain cancer research projects which display the greatest promise of improving survival, and has been a key player in the establishment of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

Source: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation 

Hotel Montalembert- An Inspired Hotel in Paris

Montalembert is one of the most charming hotels in Paris. In perfect agreement with the small palace trend which, in the past several years, has conquered the hearts of the great travelers. Meeting spot for the world of fashion and of the arts, the Hotel Montalembert has been a pioneer of the “boutique hotels” movement.

Ideally located in the heart of the Left Bank, a short 5-minute walk from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, this establishment of 50 rooms, including 10 suites, turns its facade of golden stones toward the “rue du Bac,” the antique shops and the art galleries.

The Montalembert, built in 1926, lived through the great moments of the interwar period, through the celebrations of the 50s Saint-Germain quarter and through so many prosperous and resplendent times that a guest book would never suffice to mention all these bygone moments, that together form the heart of an establishment.

If the foundations could tell their tale, they would without a doubt speak of the joyful dinners, amorous meetings, the intimate confessions, the lively discussions… everything that is the soul of a palace and explains its success with the public during all these years.

In 2016, Montalembert completed a gentle renovation. It was not the first, but this one drew from the wishes of the owner, Anne Jousse, to “reawaken” her house. And because the Hotel Montalembert made the headlines by being the first “Boutique Hotel” in Paris, twenty-five years ago, it felt natural to recreate an event of similar proportions, without limiting themselves to a simple concept. “This hotel is ingrained in its neighborhood,” explains Anne Jousse. “It is the hotel of writers and artists. So we wanted to preserve this spirit, particularly for the restaurant whose customers are primarily local regulars.”

The owner called upon Architect-decorator Pascal Allaman to redesign and enhance the restaurant, bar, rooms and suites, while Interior Designer Géraldine Prieur was entrusted with the entrance and lobby design. Today, the hotel is a sensory experience of contemporary luxury design- with lush textiles, vibrant colours, and glamorous marble flowing throughout the space. The interiors are divided into two tones, yellow and orange, which allude to a revisited Haussmann style.

Source: Hotel Montalembert